February 3, 1956
Dies as fire sweeps home
Tabb, Feb. 2. – A 46-year-old York man, a Negro, was fatally burned here early today when his one-room home was demolished by fire.
Trapped and burned to death was Clarence E. Wormley.
Harry D. Riley, chief of the York Volunteer Fire Department, said the blaze apparently was caused by an overheated oil range. The flames in the structure were first noticed at about 12:45 this morning. The department headquarters at Grafton received the alarm at 1:10 and dispatched apparatus and volunteers to the scene.
The home is located on Route 134 near Big Bethel Road and Burcher’s Corner.
Riley said the entire building was in flames when firemen arrived. A nearby resident attempted to enter the building by a window but was driven back by flames, he said. York firemen worked on the blaze for two hours. The structure, valued about $500, was a total loss.
The building is on property owned by a brother, James W. Wormley. Another survivor is a sister, Frances Wormley.
Assisting the York firemen were members of the Northampton Fire Company from Hampton.
February 4, 1956
Clarence Wormley funeral set Sunday
Tabb, Feb. 3 – Clarence E. Wormley, 46, a Negro, of near Tabb, died Thursday in a fire that destroyed his home.
Funeral services will be held at 3pm Sunday in New Bethel Baptist Church, York County. The Rev. Thomas Paige, pastor of Zion Prospect Baptist Church, Yorktown, will officate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Survivors include a sister, Miss Frances Wormley of York County; a brother, James Wormley of York County; four nieces and one nephew.